Women’s Wages vs. Men’s Wages in 2015

Women’s Wages vs. Men’s Wages in 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2015 men’s earnings were growing twice as fast as women’s. Does it mean that the gender gap in earnings is widening despite many official measures aimed at fighting the pay inequality at workplace? The question remains: why women still earn less than men? Unfortunately, there is no a simple answer to this question. First, the data is not that straight forward as it can seem. Yes, men’s earnings were growing twice as much as women’s, but only during the first three quarters of 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2014 the growth was equal. In the third quarter of 2014 the difference […]

Who Are Whistleblowers?

Who Are Whistleblowers?

In the 19th century whistleblowing was literally about blowing a whistle, i.e. like what referee does during sports games like football or basketball. When referee is blowing the whistle it means that the game should stop. As we know it usually happens when a player or players violated the rules of the game. The referee would stop the game and take actions in relation to those who broke the rules. Gradually “whistleblowing” got its contemporary meaning of stopping something illegal by reporting about it to authorities. During the most part of the 20th century the public attitude to whistleblowers was ambivalent. Reporting to authorities was not that widespread and those […]

Obama’s Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Obama’s Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On Labor Day September 7, 2015 during his meeting with labor leaders in Boston President Obama signed his Executive Order requiring companies that work under contracts with the federal government to extend a paid sick leave to their employees. Federal contractors’ employees are about 300,000 people. They will get this benefit. But it is still a fraction of our labor market. Most employees in various sectors of the national economy still don’t have it. According to Mr. Obama, right now about 40% of private sector workers, or about 44 million people in the U.S. “don’t have access to paid sick leave.” Under the terms of the Executive Order the employees […]

Maternity Leave

Maternity Leave

Unlike most or we should say all developed countries, the U.S.A. do not have a mandatory paid maternity leave. At the same time some tech companies have already declared that they would offer paid parental leave and other family related benefits. For instance, Microsoft announced that company’s female employees who just gave birth would be entitled to 20 weeks of paid leave. Netflix amended its parental leave policy by offering up to 12 months and potentially “unlimited” unpaid vacation time. Google is also revising its policy and offering more generous parental and family leave. It might look like a sign of a new nationwide trend. On the other hand, it […]